Why Choose Us

  • Maxim Crane Works is the only coast-to-coast provider of comprehensive lifting services in the United States
  • Maxim Crane Works has one of the largest, most modern fleets of mobile cranes in the world.
  • Maxim Crane Works provides risk management, safety and insurance programs that are unparalleled in the industry.
  • Maxim Crane Works’ maintenance and service programs promote maximum uptime with minimal delays.


 Maxim Crane Works Acquires Crane Rental Corporation 

Second Acquisition in 30 Days Highlights Maxim’s Ability to Identify and Integrate High-Quality Strategic Add-Ons

Pittsburgh, PA (May 22, 2015) – Maxim Crane Works announced today it has acquired Orlando, Fla.-based Crane Rental Corporation, a provider of heavy hauling, specialized rigging and crane services in the Southeast United States. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CRC provides operated and bare crane, rigging and lifting services from three locations in Florida and one in Alabama. The company’s fleet includes primarily Crawler, Rough Terrain, All Terrain, fleet platform trailers, dual lane trailers, hydraulic gantry’s, Tower and Truck Operated crane equipment.

Maxim CEO Bryan Carlisle said the CRC acquisition is a strategic move designed to expand Maxim’s footprint in the Southeast and facilitate continued growth in the region.

“Acquiring a high-quality crane rental outfit like Crane Rental Corporation will help accelerate our expansion in the Southeastern United States, strengthen our team and add new equipment to our fleet,” said Carlisle. “CRC is also a great fit for Maxim culturally, sharing our deeply held commitment to safety and service.”

Alan Ashlock, President of CRC said the combination is a great fit.

“We are excited to become part of the great team at Maxim. Our relationship with the Maxim management team goes back more than 20 years,” said Ashlock. “We look forward to our heavy hauling, rigging and crane assets, and especially our experienced workforce, joining forces with Maxim to continue to provide services nationwide.”

 Maxim Crane Works Acquires Indianapolis-Based Poindexter Crane Services 

Transaction Strengthens Maxim’s Midwestern Presence as Company Pursues Growth in Market Ripe with Add-On Opportunities

Pittsburgh, PA (May 15, 2015) – Maxim Crane Works announced today it has acquired Indianapolis, Ind.-based Poindexter Transportation, Inc.’s crane services division. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Maxim CEO Bryan Carlisle said the acquisition is a strategic move designed to expand Maxim’s existing Indiana operations and facilitate continued growth in the region.

“Acquiring Poindexter’s crane services division will help further strengthen our foothold in the Midwest,” said Carlisle. “The addition of high-quality resources and equipment to our current operations will improve our ability to serve existing customers and strengthen our ability to attract new ones.”

Poindexter’s crane services division was established in 1993 and has one of the newest fleets in Indiana with Rough Terrain, All-Terrain and Hydraulic truck cranes ranging from 22 ton to 350 ton capacity.

“We have known the Maxim team for over 25 years and we have always had a great working relationship,” said Ron Frick, Vice President of Poindexter Crane and Transport, Inc. “We believe that Maxim offers our crane services professionals the best opportunities for long-term growth and success.”

Maxim is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity. Louis Samson, the Platinum Equity partner that led the acquisition of Maxim in 2008, said further strategic add-on acquisitions are a high priority.

“The Poindexter acquisition is a smart strategic move that adds more young assets to Maxim’s fleet and seamlessly integrates into the company’s existing footprint,” said Samson. “We know there are many other regional players that could be a good fit as well and we are pursuing those opportunities to help grow and expand the business.”

Frank Bardonaro, Maxim’s President of Sales and Business Development, said the Poindexter crane services add-on will be good for Maxim’s customers.

“The Poindexter crane services acquisition will provide our customers in the region with more state-of-the-art equipment and expanded resources,” said Bardonaro. “It sends a strong message that we value their business and are committed to serving all of their lifting needs.”

Maxim Crane Works is pleased to announce the addition of a new branch location in Northeast PA, near Williamsport, PA

Pittsburgh, PA (May 13, 2015) – Maxim Crane Works, L.P., Pittsburgh, PA, is pleased to announce the addition of a new branch location in Northeast PA, near Williamsport, PA. Larry Lis, Vice President of the Northeast Region for Maxim, stated, “We have continued to grow our fleet and expand our customer base throughout the Northeast. The facility in Williamsport is a perfect addition to our footprint which will allow us to focus on additional projects throughout the region,” he added.

John Werner, Vice President of Sales for the Northeast Region continued, “In addition to adding several hundred cranes to the fleet over the past 12 months, we have also strengthened our team with key personnel in sales and operations. This new location will continue to provide our customers with the “one-stop-shop” that they have become accustomed to from Maxim Crane Works throughout the country. Jerrod Heil has joined the Maxim Team to lead the expansion in this market. He has tremendous experience in the specialized services, crane rental and power industry which will provide our customers with the services and support they need to succeed in the region.”

“Bryan Carlisle, CEO at Maxim Crane, has provided the support to our regional leaders to identify market demands and pursue those opportunities in the best interest of servicing our customers and strengthening our business,” claimed Frank Bardonaro, President of Sales at Maxim Crane Works. “This geographic expansion, fleet additions and key personnel in the Williamsport, PA area will tie in perfectly between our Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia locations. It will also provide another hub in the Maxim footprint enabling our team to focus on key projects and customer needs in the Scranton, Reading, Harrisburg and Allentown, PA region,” said Bardonaro.

Maxim Crane Works Wins SC&RA’s Environmental Award 

May 4, 2015 – Maxim Crane Works L.P. wins SC&RA’s Environmental Award

SC&RA presented its Environmental Award to Maxim Crane Works, L.P., Monroeville, Pa., on April 18 during closing night ceremonies of its Annual Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. As part of its commitment to “go green with increased awareness and visibility for environmental issues,” SC&RA instituted the annual award four years ago to acknowledge a member company that has made outstanding contributions to environmental protection.

“The company has internal standards that go well beyond complying with regulations and encompass strong programs designed to reduce environmental impact and preserve the planet’s beauty and resources for generations to follow,” said SC&RA Chairman Alan Barnhart.

The Association recognized Maxim Crane Works, L.P. for a number of green initiatives, including:
• The development of third party, certified, spill-prevention control and countermeasure plans at all company locations throughout the United States
• Fleet upgrades that result in operations averaging 43 percent lower than the stringent required emission levels established by the California Air Resources Board
• Maintenance plans that subject all company equipment to preventative inspections from 250 to 400 hour levels and computerized scheduling programs to alert the maintenance group about upcoming inspections, which target 120 key points that ensure the fleet operates at top efficiency and help eliminate leaks and other environmental concerns
• An extensive recycling program for all waste oils, coolants, paper, wood, metal and plastics
• A general waste management component committed to waste minimization, avoidance, segregation, recycling and reuse; waste labeling and containment; proper waste handling, storage and transport; and correct waste treatment and disposal

SC&R Foundation gains Named Scholarships/Grants 

February 12, 2015 – Two SC&RA members recently established SC&R Foundation Named Scholarship/Grant Programs. Both programs have been funded for at least five years.

Frank Bardonaro Jr., President of Sales for Maxim Crane, has established a scholarship in the name of his father, Frank Bardonaro Sr. He spent his entire professional career in the transportation, crane and rigging industry as a leader and mentor to hundreds of co-workers at national crane rental companies. Frank Sr. was a pioneer for developing operator and driver safety programs, as well as state-of-the art dispatching techniques dating back into the 1970s. His unmatched work ethic, passion for winning and determination have been instilled in the hearts of everyone he was around, noted The Cincinnati Enquirer. Frank led by example by going over 30 years without taking a sick-day at work and personified the “Never Give Up” motto. His determination, spirit and faith gave him the strength to not only beat cancer longer than anyone said he could but to still work, play and continue to enjoy his family and friends. Frank Sr.’s granddaughter, Alexys, is the 3rd generation of the family to work in the industry, as she interns during her college breaks. Recognizing the need to attract a broader range of people into our industry, the Bardonaro Scholarship’s ideal candidate will be a family member of an existing industry professional with a strong resume in charitable activities, high grade point average, extracurricular activities at school and desire to focus on improving the lives of those in the Crane and Rigging sector.

The Robert L. Cookinham Memorial Craftsman Grant has been established by George Young Mechanical, Swedesboro, N.J., and Rob’s family, friends, coworkers and numerous clients of the company. Rob believed that training was essential for any professional craftsman and lived up to the motto “Good Enough Is Never Good Enough.” He was an intelligent, inventive, fun-loving man who loved his family. Rob began as an apprentice for George Young in the 1990s and continually advanced himself through experience and additional training, culminating in his graduation from the Associated General Contractors prestigious Supervisory Training course. Rob’s good nature and contagious laugh made challenging projects seem just a little easier. As a Millwright General Foreman, he was a stickler for perfection and innovation and was respected and admired by his coworkers. Whether inventing new ways to handle Hygienic equipment at a MedImmune facility, being part of the Liberty Bell relocation team, mentoring young Millwright apprentices in safe work practices or building custom motorcycles, Rob lived life to the fullest. The Grant recipient should be passionate about training, possess a desire for advancement and hopefully show the same interest that Rob showed in mentoring future industry craftsmen.

181 Freemont Tower Project Video – San Francisco, CA 

Level 10 Construction partnered with Maxim Crane Works have begun construction on a new project in San Francisco which will be one of the tallest buildings in California.

“Our engineers and sales team have worked with the Level 10 Team for several months to help design and plan this project in the safest and most efficient manner available. Our relationships with the Wolffkran Team and Level 10 ensured that we explored every possible option to determine the most effective construction method available and selected the Wolffkran 700B for this project,” said Mark Swaney, President of Maxim’s Western Region.

“This has been one of the most thorough and extensive engineering projects I have ever worked on. The amount of expertise and cooperation from the Maxim team, the Wolffkran Team and the Level 10 Group has been an extensive and gratifying process,” stated Matt Hyden, Vice President of Tower Cranes for Maxim.

“We are honored to partner in a project of this magnitude which will add prestige and awe to an already amazing California skyline,” said Dean Berlin, VP of Sales for the Western Region.

“This project will be one of the most impressive tower crane projects in the country, and we are honored that Level 10 has selected us to be their partner on a project of this magnitude,” said Frank Bardonaro, President of Sales for Maxim.

“Maxim’s ability to combine our long term relationships with the Level 10 Team members who have worked with us on other projects throughout the USA exemplifies the type of 24/7 nationwide crane service and expertise that we offer our customers in this competitive and safety conscious construction environment. We look forward to being part of their team and working with both Level 10 and Wolffkran on various projects in the future,” Bardonaro concluded.

New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Web Cam – Atlanta, GA 

The New Atlanta Stadium will be a retractable-roof, multi-purpose stadium in Atlanta, Georgia that will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons. A pinwheel-shaped roof will open and close based on weather conditions. Seating capacity is 65,000 expandable to 75,000.

The stadium broke ground on May 19, 2014.Estimated opening would be in time for the 2017 NFL season. The total cost is estimated to be as high as $1.4 billion.

The General Contractor is HHRM (Holder Construction, Hunt Construction Group, H.J. Russell & Co. and C.D. Moody Construction Co. Maxim Crane Works is presently providing (8) crawler cranes ranging from 230 ton to 300 ton; plus (2) rough terrain cranes of 75 ton. All lifting equipment is operated & maintained by Maxim Crane Works.

Maxim Crane Works Helps Michter’s Distillery LLC bring its whiskey production in house. 

October 23, 2014 – Maxim Crane Works installed a 46-foot high still tower made by Louisville-based Vendome Copper and Brass Works Inc. at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Filmed with several GoPro cameras and a drone, this video highlights the hoisting of the 46 foot column still dropped from over 100 foot height into a 54 foot high still tower building. Additional photos can be found at Louisville Business First

Maxim Crane Works Strike Through Cancer Flag – Houston, TX 

June 26, 2014 – Maxim Crane Works was proud to be part of the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centers’ fight against cancer at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.  Over 400 donators signed the flag to help support vital cancer research and patient care initiatives, taking the fight against cancer to a new level. The giant flag flew during the Grand Prix’s “Three-Day Festival of Speed,” June 27-29, 2014.

BUSINESS WIRE: Maxim Crane today announced the appointment of Bryan Carlisle as Chief Executive Officer. 

Maxim Crane today announced the appointment of Bryan Carlisle as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Carlisle was previously Maxim’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Carlisle has worked for Maxim and one of its predecessor companies for 33 years, having started out in his family’s Carlisle Crane business, which was acquired by Maxim in 1999. Prior to serving as COO, Mr. Carlisle was a senior vice president overseeing Maxim’s Midwest and Southeast regions and headed up the crawler crane and tower crane product lines for the entire company. 

BUSINESS WIRE: Maxim Crane Makes Major Rough Terrain Investment
Maxim Crane Works have taken delivery of more than 30 New Rough Terrain Cranes already in Q1 of 2014 with several additional units in transit. The deliveries include products from Grove and Linkbelt and range in size from 50 to 130 ton in class.
Nippert Stadium Renovation and Expansion Project – Cincinnati, OH
Maxim Crane Works is recognized as the leading provider of cranes and lifting solutions required to meet the extremely demanding needs of safety oriented construction managers in the USA and has the most Stadium/crane related experience in the industry.

Maxim Crane Works is working with Turner Construction on the renovation and expansion of Nippert Stadium, home of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. The renovation started in March 2014 and is expected to be completed March 2015. Maxim Crane Works has provided a Manitowoc 2250, Link-Belt 8065 Series II and a Grove RT880E and a crew consisting of multiple operators, oilers, engineers and safety professionals.

Over the past few years, Maxim Crane Works has completed stadium projects including: Marlins Park, Miami, FL; KFC Yum Center, Louisville, KY; Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN; University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ; Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA and Petco Park, San Diego, CA just to name a few. Contact: info@maximcrane.com for a complete list of stadiums projects.

Workers, officials mark placement of last steel beam atop Tower at PNC Plaza – Pittsburgh, PA
With the placement of the last beam, PNC Plaza is 48 percent complete. About 2,200 PNC employees will move into the office tower at the end of 2015.
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington, DC – Construction Cam
Maxim Crane is working with Clark Construction on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC. Maxim Crane has two SK575 and two SK415 Peiner tower cranes on site working through 2015.
Brickell City Construction Cam

Maxim Crane, the largest crane rental company in the USA, has led the tower crane revival in the USA with the largest single tower crane project in the country today. The Brickell City Center Project in Miami currently has 11 tower cranes working in the same footprint along the coast in Florida. “Our sales team and engineers were able to provide a safe lifting solution that was a superior economic and logistical answer to the stringent requirements for a complex project like this”, said Matt Hyden, VP of the Tower Division of Maxim. “Our local sales team had the experience and expertise to partner with the customer to ensure that all of the coordination needed to move in, erect, climb and operate these cranes was perfectly orchestrated to meet the demands of such a critical path project”, said Frank Fioravanti, VP of the Florida Region.

“We have one of the largest tower crane fleets in the USA and continue to reinvest in our fleet and our team. We have already taken delivery of 6 more tower cranes since the beginning of 2014 and have increased our parts inventory by more than $3m since the end of last year. This means Maxim currently has the best and most readily available tower crane parts and service department in the Eastern USA” said Hyden. “We know our customers demand uptime and maximum utilization, so we placed a significant investment into our tower crane segment to reduce reliance from overseas manufacturers and suppliers by having the most critical components on hand at all times” he concluded. “We are looking forward to maintaining our position as one of the leading tower crane companies in the USA with focus on safety, people and our customers as we continue to invest in new products, and focus on customer relationships.”

Space Shuttle Endeavour Lift

In September of 2012, Maxim Crane Works was honored to be given the opportunity to showcase our skill and professionalism when we were chosen to perform the lift of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.  Maxim Crane Works was selected by NASAs contractor, The United Space Alliance, to be the sole crane service provider for the unloading of The Space Shuttle Endeavor at Los Angeles LAX Airport in preparation for transport to its final resting place, The California Science Center.

Maxim Crane Works fleet contained the specific makes and models of cranes on NASAs short-list of cranes approved to perform this type of lift.  Maxim Crane Works also possessed the crane service professionals capable of successfully executing this sophisticated lift.

Maxim Crane Works provided a Demag CC2800 and a Liebherr LTM 1250-6.1 and a crew consisting of multiple operators, oilers, engineers, safety professionals and operational vice presidents to flawlessly complete this historic lift.

Demag CC2800 – 800 ton
Manitowoc 2250 – 300 ton
Lifting Hersig Module weighting 579,000 lbs
Working for Kvaerner NE at Garrison Energy Center in Dover, DE

What Clients Say

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association Member
2015 Crane & Rigging Group Safety Awards Winner:

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 43 nations.

Maxim Crane is receiving this award due to a Zero Accident Safety Philosophy which begins from inception to completion. All jobs are subject to multiple levels of pre-planning, ranging from pre-lift job walks, daily risk assessment meetings, job hazard analysis and audits performed by all levels of management. With over three million working hours in the field each year, our exceptional EMR rating consistently rates well below the industry average.

  • Safety Improvement Award
  • Overall Safety Award
  • Fleet Safety Award
  • Environmental Award

    Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association Member
    2014 Crane & Rigging Group Safety Awards Winner: 

    • Safety Improvement Award
    • Zero Accidents Award
    • Overall Safety Award
    • www.scranet.org


    Harold L. Yoh

    Chairman and CEO, Day & Zimmermann

    Maxim Crane Works was named
    2012 Supplier of the Year
    by Day & Zimmermann

    “The Supplier of the Year Award is given annually to suppliers who, because of the way they conduct business, contribute to our ability to provide a higher quality of service to our customers.
    Maxim Crane Works is receiving this award for adding value to Day & Zimmermann and our customers through:

    • Outstanding safety record
    • Competitive pricing
    • Industry best practices

    At Day & Zimmermann, we consider Maxim Crane Works a true business partner.…”